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 Posted: Fri Feb 11th, 2011 03:41 pm
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I once got a 'stifficate' for spotting an embankment fire near Farnborough Main station and running a mile to the station to tell them!

I suppose it made up for all the 'Oi! Clear off, you little bas£$"&ds..' when we used to slope around the sheds and sidings elsewhere!


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And a free train journey to go with it Doug .......................? :roll::roll:



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Hello Doug,
I wouldn't have thought you were a "sloper-offer" :shock:, more "a kindly-soul, staunch, upright, :roll: to the Police-Manor born - :hmm  or am I thinking of someone else, :lol:
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Michael Thornberry wrote: Hello Doug,
I wouldn't have thought you were a "sloper-offer" :shock:, more "a kindly-soul, staunch, upright, :roll: to the Police-Manor born - :hmm  or am I thinking of someone else, :lol:
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That's me you're thinking of Michael ....................................:roll::cheers



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I've been working on some of the rolling stock for Much Murkle. I dug out some old kits I had built years ago and a few RTR which had been stored and forgotten about. Some were damaged and not worth the effort to restore but others apart from losing some of their transfers were reasonably ok.

I have refurbished some of the more acceptable ones.  Most of them still had the horrid plastic wheels supplied with the kits so these have gone to be replaced by Alan Gibson wheels and bearings. The old couplings were cut off and DG auto couplers fitted. The transfers still have to be finished. Here's 5531 running around the first batch to be used on the branch.

From left to right, LMS 12T van, PO 3 plank open , LMS 10T van, NE 12T van & GWR 20T Toad brake van. It wasn't until I saw this photo that I realised the 10T van had a buffer missing:thud




But at least the missing buffer means I can show you the DG Couplings more easily




5531 continues past the brake van


Under the bridge to clear the loop



before proceding back past the signal box



and coupling up ready to do a bit of shunting.




It's been nice to have a break and play trains for a change :cool wink



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Some lovely shots Nick. :thumbs

How do you get on with the DG couplings and are they easy to assemble ? 



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Great piccys and some super modelling especially the foliage :thumbs

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Woteesed, I'd rather swap couplings now with only a few bits of stock!  I like shunting etc.

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Looking great! Is there any chance you could paint the walls blue? Or even blue-grey?
Those couplings are so much better than tension hooks.

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Thanks guys, your comments are appreciated.

Peter - I'm happy with the DG's, they work reliably (well most of the time) and once you've made a few they are quite easy to do. The only downside is that you do need to use electro magnets. If you use permanent magnets then they will always uncouple when not under tension as you pass over the magnet whether you want them to or not.with electro magnets you can control when uncoupling takes place.

If you are interested then this article on another forum shows the method that I use for making them which is slightly different than the normal instruction which involves some soldering.

Doug - If you are going to change then doing it when you have a small amount of stock is the best way to go. There are many different auto couplings available, Kaydee being the best known. DG and Sprat & Winkle both available from MSE probably being the others most commonly used on the exhibition circuit.

Mike - There will be a backscene eventually but I don't want to put it on whilst I am still working on the layout. It is easier to be able to easily work from both sides without having to lean over. You can see the end one painted blue in some of the earlier shots which is temporary (the blue that is) as I would like to indicate something beyond the boundary fence.

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Thanks, Woody, I've looked at KDs, to my mind they belong on American stock only, or modern knuckle type stock. Plenty of choice as you say, and I've book marked that link to study later.

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Yes, thanks from me too Nick.  Looks interesting and, as Mike said, they're so much better than tension locks.

Also, when Mike said paint the walls blue or blue grey, I thought he meant the bridge walls !!  I hadn't even looked at the room walls. :oops::oops:  That's maybe why they didn't think art was my best option at school ........................:roll::roll:

p.s. having looked at that link Nick, aren't these the couplings Brian was testing some time ago ?.................:hmm They're bound to be in the index :thumbs



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Yep, as I thought  - that same article is in this forum contents index Nick - under "C" for couplings.  I knew I'd seen it somewhere before.  There's not much slips past Bob....:thumbs



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Petermac wrote:
Yep, as I thought  - that same article is in this forum contents index Nick - under "C" for couplings.  I knew I'd seen it somewhere before.  There's not much slips past Bob....:thumbs


Actually Peter, if you look near the end of page 1 of this thread you'll see I mentioned it back then and Bob put the link in the index from there :oops:



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Cheers, Nick. I fully expected you to have a backscene. I just thought a quick repaint of the walls [with planning permission, of course :lol:] would be a good temporary measure.

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Thats a super sequence of shots Nick. I always enjoy reading about the development of Much Murkle........one of my favourite threads:thumbs:thumbs........even the hi jacks are good:lol:

5531 my absolute favourite loco........runs like a dream. One of the neat things about RR&Co is that each loco has its own odometer...........My layout isnt complete and I am well over 1000 scale miles with my 5531.....its nearest rival a 57xx is about half that!   

5531 continues past the brake van

It's been nice to have a break and play trains for a change :cool wink



 

 

You are so right......I find myself spending so much time on detailing that (a) the track gets dirty (I have to get a Dapol doey) and (b) I forget half the routines

Once again.....really like the layout

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MikeC wrote: Well worth seeing again!


Really good scenery, Nick.

I think doofer hit the nail on the head when he mentioned the variety of textures you've come up with, and one thing that struck me about the photo above is the openness of the left in contrast with the right.
Cow pasture might seem a bit boring to model - and it's not easy to get little plastic animals to look authentic - but I think it would be a good idea to leave at least a certain amount of open space.
Worn farm tracks are fun to model. Add some fencing and a gate at the end and you have the chance to model overgrown grasses around the posts, with cow parsley and blackberries flanking the track.
Just some thoughts.
It looks a treat already.

Mike

Time to make a start on this area. I'm now thinking that it is too large to be left as a single field so I've experimentd by first of all fencing the lineside and then splitting the area into two fields, one smaller than the other, divided by a hedge and connecting field gates. The hedge line is not straight to avoid it looking too regular.

Here's a view of the sort of thing I'm considering looking from the far end.




A cruel close up of the gates....and yes there will be some posts to hang then on :roll:




and finally a couple of views looking each way through the gates.





I'm thinking of water troughs either side of the hedge near the gates with a very worn, slightly muddy area around the troughs with another worn area through the gates themselves. A large tree in the right hand corner of the field on the last picture, again worn ground under with some cows (or 'beasts' as my Gramp called them) shading themselves underneath.

Lots of different length grasses, especially overgrown at the bottom of the hedge and along the fence. Short grazed areas and a scattering of flowering meadow plants.

 

Whadya think??

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 How about a small area with a couple of pig sty's



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